The 2018-2019 W.S. Woytinsky Lecture featuring Esther Duflo, the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), will take place on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM in the Sumner and Laura Foster Library.
In her research, she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, with the aim to help design and evaluate social policies. She has worked on health, education, financial inclusion, environment and governance.
Professor Esther Duflo’s first degrees were in history and economics from École Normale Supérieure, Paris. She subsequently received a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1999.
Duflo has received numerous academic honors and prizes including the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences (2015), the A.SK Social Science Award (2015), Infosys Prize (2014), the David N. Kershaw Award (2011), a John Bates Clark Medal (2010), and a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship (2009). With Abhijit Banerjee, she wrote Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, which won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2011 and has been translated into more than 17 languages.
Duflo is the Editor of the American Economic Review, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.
University of Michigan Department of Economics
W. S. Woytinsky Lecture/Seminar Award (est. 1964)
2018 Esther Duflo
Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a co-founder and co- director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)
"Every Child Counts: Transforming education systems around the world"
2018 Kerwin Charles
Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor and former interim Dean
University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
"Some Forms and (Elusive) Effects of Prejudice in the Labor Market"
2016 Hal R. Varian
“Google Tools for Data”
“Economics & Technology: Careers Blending Two Fields”
2014 Professor Susan Athey
Stanford School of Business
“The Internet and the News Media”
2013 Professor Robert Hall
Hoover Institution and Department of Economics
“New Ideas about the Long-Lasting Collapse of Employment after the Financial Crisis”
2012 Professor Angus Deaton
“Randomized Controlled Trials and Economic Policy
2011-12 Professor David Card (Clark)
Class of 1950 Professor of Economics
Labor Studies Program Director, Center for Labor Economics
Econometrics Laboratory (EML) Director
University of California, Berkeley
“Theory and Method in Empirical Microeconomics: Where Are We, and Where Are We Going?”
2010 Professor Larry Samuelson
A. Douglas Melamed Professor of Economics
2009 Professor Mark Gertler
New York University
A Model of Unconventional Monetary Policy
2008 Professor Jeremy Bulow
Richard Stepp Professor of Economics
Graduate School of Business
“Winning Play in Spectrum Auctions"
2007 Professor Ernst Fehr
Chair for Microeconomics and Experimental Economic Research
Faculty of Economics and Computer Science
University of Zurich
2006 Stephen Morris, Princeton University
“Coordination without Common Knowledge”
2003 Randall Wright, University of Pennsylvania
"A Unified Framework for Monetary Theory and Policy Analysis"
2002 Glenn Loury
"Racial Stigma: Toward a New Paradigm for Discrimination Theory."
2001 Roger Noll
2000 Elhanan Helpman
2000 Claudia Goldin
“The Power of the Pill: Oral Contraceptives and Women’s Career and Marriage Decisions”
1999 Christopher Sims
1999 James Heckman (Nobel, Clark)
University of Chicago
1998 John Sutton
London School of Economics
1998 Roy Radner
New York University
1994/95 Peter Diamond
1993/94 Paul Milgrom
1992/93 Richard Blundell
University College, London
1991/92 Robert Barro
1989 Professor Zvi Grilliches
Department of Economics
1985 Professor Arthur Goldberger
University of Wisconsin
“Modeling the Economic Family.”
1981 Professor Alan S. Blinder
1977 Professor James N. Morgan
Professor of Economics and Program Director
University of Michigan
1972 Professor Alice Rivlin
“Social Policy: Alternate Strategies for the Federal Government”
1967 Professor Edward Denison
1965 Professor Gary Becker
Department of Economics
“Human capital and the personal distribution of income: an analytical approach”